Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence unit. Hundreds killed in village raids as Boko Haram tightens grip on northeast Nigeria, Philippine intelligence suggests China has begun reclaiming contested land in South China Sea, violence flares in Houthi rebellion in northern Yemen, and more.
The weekly briefing, 3 February 2014
Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence unit. Renamo adopts a more flexible approach to dialogue in Mozambique, Ukrainian government grants concessions to the opposition, Shell calls off Arctic oil exploration, and more.
2013: The year of the drone?
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's new annual report reveals that for the first time since 2004 there were no confirmed reports of civilian casualties in Pakistan from US drone strikes. However, in this blog post, Open Briefing's Executive Director, Chris Abbott, argues it is not all good news and asks whether 2014 might, in fact, be the year of the drone.
The weekly briefing, 6 January 2014
Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence unit. South Sudan ceasefire negotiations delayed, unprecedented heat wave hits Argentina, two suicide attacks strike Russian city of Volgograd, and more.
Taking stock in Somalia
Open Briefing: After 20 years of failed statehood Somalia now shows the first signs of a new political conjuncture that could bring about peace. However, al-Shabaab will continue to play a role in shaping the country's future.